By Rachael Grealish
Get your waxes and manicures booked in as beauty salons have been given the green light to reopen from next week.
Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced the welcome news at a press conference from Downing Street today, Thursday, July 9.
From Monday July 13, tattooists, spas, and other close contact beauty services in England can resume business after being closed since the country went into lockdown on March 23.
Also announced by the Secretary of State was the reopening of the sport and leisure industry – meaning gyms and swimming pools will be able to resume business from July 25.
During his briefing Dowden said getting people back in gyms safely will ‘help get the nation match-fit to defeat the virus’.
He said: “The reopening of gyms is the news millions across the country have been waiting for with many people desperate to jump on a spinning bike or dive into a pool.
“Our comprehensive guidance will ensure gyms, pools and leisure centres have the support they need to reopen safely for their customers and staff.
“Helping people return to gyms safely will also help the nation get match-fit to defeat this virus.”
The announcements were all excitement for the beauty and sporting industries, Dowden also announced as of this weekend artists and musicians can perform live outside to a outdoor socially distanced audience.
The Secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport called this an ‘important milestone’.
Also from the July 11 theatres, opera houses, dance venues and music venues can put on performances for socially distanced performances.